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AFA 29-34: The Iran-Contragate Scandal

Pt. 1: The Drug Connection (AFA 29)
Part 1a
41:28 | Part 1b 41:46 | Part 1c 37:20 | Part 1d 36:57 | Part 1e 41:40
(Originally broadcast June 14, 1987)

Focuses on the role of drug profits and the cocaine trade in financing the Contra support effort. In addition to examining the Christic Institute’s affidavit, the discussion focuses on the “Pizza Connection” and its ties to the Iran-Contra scandal.

Pt. 2: Terror In Latin America (AFA 30)
Part 2a
44:14 | Part 2b 42:00 | Part 2c 44:35 | Part 2d 42:24 | Part 2e 15:04
(Originally broadcast June 28, 1987)

Extends discussion of the Terpil-Wilson operation covered in AFA number 4 to events in Central America. The program presents evidence of Central American provocations planned by Terpil & Wilson’s associates and the group’s central position in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Pt. 3.1: The Destabilization Of President Carter (AFA 31-A)
Part 3a
47:09 | Part 3b 41:35 | Part 3c 41:02 | Part 3d 42:54 | Part 3e 14:07
(Originally broadcast August 30, 1987)

Examines how individuals discussed in AFA program numbers 4 and 30 cooperated in a number of operations aimed at destabilizing the presidency of Jimmy Carter by manipulating the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 – 80. The broadcast centers on the role of American political figures in effecting that crisis, the failure of the “Desert One” hostage rescue attempt of April 1980 and the apparent “October Surprise” deal to delay the release of the hostages and assure Carter’s reelection defeat.

Pt. 3.2: An Interview with Farah Mansoor (AFA 31-2)
(Originally broadcast 1987; 450 minutes)

This series of interviews covers the landmark research of Farah Mansoor, a member of the Iranian resistance whose historic research on the rise of the Khomeini regime documents the decisive role of the United States in developing Islamic fundamentalist forces in that country as the anti-communist successors to the Shah’s government. Farah has documented that U.S. Ambassador to Iran, Richard Helms, learned that the Shah had cancer in 1974. Former Director of Central Intelligence Helms promptly informed the CIA and Department of State with the result that, by 1976, George Bush’s CIA was actively supporting and grooming the Khomeini forces. The subsequent takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the withholding of the U.S. hostages until after President Carter’s defeat was assured, the Khomeini government itself and the Iran-Contra scandal proper were all outgrowths of this profound and long-standing relationship. It should be noted that parts of this relationship have been misunderstood as what has become known as “the October Surprise.” Although there was, massive collusion between the Reagan-Bush campaign and the Khomeini forces during the 1980 election campaign, there was no “deal” cut during the campaign. Rather, the “deal” was part of a covert operation begun years before and the collusion during the campaign was an outgrowth of it. These interviews are also part of AFA program number 38 (Part 5).

Pt. 4: Staging the Fourth Reich (AFA 32)
Part 4a
44:00 | Part 4b 40:54 | Part 4c 42:01 | Part 4d 35:54 | Part 4e 29:16
(Originally broadcast September 13, 1987)

Sets forth evidence that the U.S. national security establishment may have been planning a fascist coup in response to a terrorist incident or provocation. The program deals primarily with the “Rex 84” martial-law contingency plan and its implementation in response to a terrorist “incident”. Rex ’84 appears to stem from a contingency plan to intern black Americans in concentration camps.

Pt. 5: The Cover-up, Part A (AFA 33)
Part 5a
45:26 | Part 5b 40:14 | Part 5c 44:49 | Part 5d 37:06 | Part 5e 14:10
(Originally broadcast October, 1987)

Sets forth evidence that the U.S. national security establishment may have been planning a fascist coup in response to a terrorist provocation. The program deals primarily with the “Rex 84” martial-law contingency plan and its implementation in response to a terrorist “incident”. Rex ’84 appears to stem from a contingency plan to intern black Americans in concentration camps.

Pt. 6: The Cover-up, Part B (AFA 34)
Part 6a
44:34 | Part 6b 38:40 | Part 6c 45:13 | Part 6d 39:49
Part 6e 8:10 | Part 6f 43:28 | Part 6g 40:07 | Part 6h 13:15
Part 6i 9:59 | Part 6j 28:24 | Part 6k 25:28 | Part 6l 17:21
Part 6m 6:24 | Part 6n 29:23
(Originally broadcast December 13, 1987)

Explores connections between Iran-Contragate “investigators” and the people and institutions they were supposed to examine. Vital supplementary information connects the Iran-Contra scandal with the 1981 shooting of the Pope and events described in AFA program numbers 18 – 21. Includes numerous addenda.


10 comments for “AFA 29-34: The Iran-Contragate Scandal”

  1. Dave;
    While listening to AFA #34 (part 6c I believe) you mention information about the killing of Judge Wood and the Chagra brothers. Specifically, that Jimmy Chagra had ties to the Nugen-Hand Bank. The show you refered to is RFA 26 and part of RFA 32, which I can not find in the archives. Can you direct me to the correct program?
    Also curious if you were aware that Jerry Wilson, inventor of the Soloflex exercise machine was one of the Chagra drug pilots, detailed in Wilson’s biography:


    I would like to find that archive on Woods, Harrelson and the Chagra’s to cross-reference with other info I have,


    Posted by Swamp | January 5, 2013, 11:39 am
  2. @swamp–

    The RFA shows have been renamed “AFA.”
    The shows you are interested in are AFA #26 and AFA #32.

    They’re there.


    Dave Emory

    Posted by Dave Emory | January 5, 2013, 7:43 pm
  3. Look who’s commenting on the Bergdahl prisoner swap:

    TPM Livewire
    Oliver North Of All People Blasts Obama For Financing Terrorist Orgs In Bergdahl Swap

    Tom Kludt – June 4, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

    Naturally, Lt. Col. Oliver North has plenty to say about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    Speaking to former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) on his Newsmax program, North demanded to know if a ransom was paid to terrorists in order to execute the swap.

    “Was there a ransom paid?” North said. “Did the government of the United States, either directly or indirectly, finance a terrorist organization?”

    North went even further in an interview with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg..

    He strongly disputed the characterization of Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war,” asserting that he was in fact a “hostage” of the Haqqani terrorist network, which is allied with the Taliban.

    Moreover, North estimated that the ransom paid for Bergdahl must have been in the range of $5-$6 million, given that he had heard it was around $1 million at some point in the past. North didn’t provide any evidence that a ransom was paid in conjunction with Bergdahl’s release.

    “Someone paid a ransom,” North said. “Whether the Qataries paid it, or some big oil sheik, or somebody used our petrodollars, but there was a ransom paid in cash for each one of them, my guess somewhere in the round numbers of $5 or 6 million to get Bergdahl freed. I know that the offer that was on the table before was close to a million.”

    North had more to say on Tuesday night, joining his pal Sean Hannity on Fox News to suggest that Obama might believe “unilateral surrender is the way to end the war.” He once again demanded to know whether a ransom was paid to the Haqqanis.

    “And if a ransom was paid, either at our behest or with American tax dollars, it means this government is causing to be funded a criminal enterprise that kills Americans, the Haqqanis,” North said.

    He also expressed concern that “five Taliban kingpins” were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl and blasted the Obama administration for skirting the law that required him to notify Congress within 30 days of such a release.

    North then tried to offer an historical perspective, reminding Hannity that he knows “a lot about hostage negotiations.” To that end, he said it’s wrong to suggest the United States never negotiates with the enemy.

    “That’s the way it works,” North said. “The reality is, they never talk about it. Ronald Reagan didn’t and this guy shouldn’t have done it. It’s a disaster the way this has all come out.”

    In fact, North’s own history makes these comments pretty rich. It was North who, along with other Reagan administration officials, helped engineer the illegal sale of arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of American hostages and then illegally used the proceeds to finance rebels in Nicaragua. North and others were indicted on multiple charges in 1988, but his conviction was ultimately appealed and overturned.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 4, 2014, 9:17 am
  4. Thom Hartmann has a new piece that raises a very intriguing possible factor in how the nuclear deal with Iran will be received in the US: Could a lifting of sanctions and the further opening of Iran to the world community also result in an opening up of historical documents and evidence regarding certain sensitive historical topics that some would rather keep under wraps? A certain party with a certain ‘saint’ is probably wondering about all that right about now:

    Don’t Count Out the GOP from Trying to Sink Obama’s Historic Iran Deal: They’ve Done It Before
    Republican attempts to sabotage a Democratic president’s deal with Iran are nothing new.

    By Thom Hartmann
    July 15, 2015

    Ronald Reagan – or at least his campaign – committed treason to become president, and normalizing relations with Iran may expose the whole thing.

    As news of a US-Iranian nuclear deal spread like wildfire this week, the mainstream media began to ask its usual set of questions. Is the deal for real? Can we trust the Iranians? And the Republicans in Congress are going totally nuts.

    Republican attempts to sabotage a Democratic president’s deal with Iran are nothing new, however. Just ask Jimmy Carter.

    In the early fall of 1980, Carter thought he had reached a deal with newly elected Iranian President Abdolhassan Bani-Sadr over the release of the 52 hostages held by radical students at the American Embassy in Tehran. President Bani-Sadr was a moderate, and as he explained in an editorial in the Christian Science Monitor published on March 5, 2013, he had successfully run for president of Iran on the popular position of releasing the hostages:

    “I openly opposed the hostage-taking throughout the election campaign…. I won the election with over 76 percent of the vote…. Other candidates also were openly against hostage-taking, and overall, 96 percent of votes in that election were given to candidates who were against it [hostage-taking].”

    President Carter was confident that with Bani-Sadr’s help, he could end the embarrassing hostage crisis that had been a thorn in his political side ever since it began in November 1979. But Carter underestimated the lengths his opponent in the 1980 presidential election, California governor Ronald Reagan, would go to win the presidency.

    Behind Carter’s back, the Reagan campaign had previously worked out a deal with the leader of Iran’s radical faction, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, to keep the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 presidential election in order to humiliate Carter and hand the election to Reagan. This was nothing short of treason.

    As President Bani-Sadr wrote for the Monitor, “I was deposed in June 1981 as a result of a coup against me. After arriving in France, I told a BBC reporter that I had left Iran to expose the symbiotic relationship between Khomeinism and Reaganism. Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the ‘October Surprise,’ which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place.”

    The Reagan campaign’s secret negotiations with Khomeini — the so-called “October Surprise” — were successful in sabotaging Carter and Bani-Sadr’s attempts to free the hostages. And as President Bani-Sadr told the Christian Science Monitor, “The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the [1980] election in Reagan’s favor.”

    Iran released the hostages on Jan. 20, 1981, at the exact moment Ronald Reagan was sworn into office, by way of saying, “We kept up our part of the deal; now we expect you to start shipping us those weapons you promised.”

    That October Surprise emboldened the radical forces inside Iran. A politically weakened Bani-Sadr was overthrown in June 1981 and replaced with Mohammed Ali Rajai, a favorite of Khomeini’s.

    The October Surprise also led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people around the world, and in Central America in particular. Reagan took money from the Iranians and used that money to destabilize Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador in ways that still haunt the region. And he set the Supreme Court (by appointing Scalia and two other right-wingers) and the nation on a course that would see the destruction of much of the New Deal and the evisceration of America’s middle class.

    But those are just the most obvious results of the October Surprise. If Carter were able to free the hostages like he and Bani-Sadr had planned, Carter would have won re-election. After all, he was leading in most polls in the months leading up to the election, and most Americans saw Reagan as a right-wing radical shill for the billionaire class (history proved them right).

    So, now that the doors of Tehran may be thrown open to the press, Republican leadership is facing a huge crisis: Saint Ronnie could be exposed. If former Iranian president Bani-Sadr is telling the truth – and all the evidence (including the fact that Reagan was selling weapons to Iran in violation of US law) points to his treason — then there’s certainly evidence of it floating around in Tehran. If that evidence surfaces, it could make for considerable discomfort on the Republican side of the aisle.

    Of course, this is not the first time a Republican presidential candidate committed treason to gain the White House. Consider the case of Richard Nixon.

    You also have to wonder what the actual impact would be on Saint Ronnie’s legacy even if indisputable evidence did emerge of an arms-for-not-releasing-hostages-until-Ronnie-is-in-the-White-House scheme. Would it be the political equivalent of exploding a nuclear weapon on the myth of Reagan? It certainly would be explosive.

    But let’s also keep in mind that even if future exposure does take place and it is the political equivalent of a nuclear weapon, it had better be a nuclear bunker buster if it’s going to do any real damage to that unreality-complex.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 15, 2015, 12:14 pm
  5. Thanks for all your great research. I’ve been listening to these invaluable archives for months. I’m about 75% done. I’m a fellow resarcher but I’ve only been going 3 years, not thirty-six plus. Currently I’m writing about Iran Contra, which of course turned into a nightmare, as there is so much to cover. Obviously, many of your archive shows–WACL Who Shot the Pope, CIA military and Drugs, and this one were a huge help in making my task even more complicated :) I’ll be sure to give you a plug. For your listeners let me recommend Peter Dale Scott’s “Iran Contra Connection”, “Road to 911”, and “American War Machine,” as well as Sibel Edmonds’ Gladio Interviews, to see how Iran Contra gave birth to 911.

    Posted by Hugo Turner | May 8, 2016, 11:46 am
  6. Sott republished my Iran/Contra article. I gave you a nice plug in the sources section as the worlds foremost anti-fascist researcher with links to 3 of your archives shows
    The Original is at
    Also found some fun sources like the comic “brought to light” and the trading cards which, despite the mediums chosen were quite educational at least for review purposes. Plus the “Cover-Up” documentary, and of course Peter Dale Scott and Russ Baker and other authors. Your “Family of Secrets” interviews with Russ Baker were great for exposing Bush’s intel connections.

    Posted by Hugo Turner | May 30, 2016, 3:45 pm
  7. Finally Finished my Iran Contra part 2
    Where I discuss the many covert wars of the 80’s. I drew on the Anti-Fascist archives for a brief history of fascist death squads from the black hundreds, to the Frei corps, to SS, to CIA and also mentioned the great Seagraves interviews. Plus my thoughts on the destruction of USSR. The article is over but the research on Iran/Contra never ends. Just started listening to your recent update on Fara Mansoor and the deep October surprise.

    Posted by Hugo Turner | June 7, 2016, 11:32 am
  8. What are the chances this Hobby Lobby artifact smuggling case is part of some sort of Contra-style operation where money and weapons are going to extremist forces in the Middle East?


    Posted by Sampson | July 7, 2017, 6:42 am
  9. Thanks. Fantastic programs. Been listening to Dave since the mid-1980’s. Haven’t come across these archives yet. I’m guessing one of the goals of REX 84 – or whatever format name it has now – is to implement Earl Turner’s “Day of the Rope.” We’re witnessing a low intensity version of that now with almost 500 murdered by police so far in 2017. Have you seen the 2006 declassified FBI intelligence assessment on white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement? It’s available online.

    Posted by Emily DICKERSON | July 7, 2017, 7:59 pm
  10. There’s also a very intense, recent Dallas Morning News series on the Texas Aryan Brotherhood. Think it was published in May or early June. Absolutely brutal stuff.

    Posted by Emily DICKERSON | July 7, 2017, 8:04 pm

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